The Story of the Nutcracker- A Play with Dance by Michele L. Vacca will be performed at the River Arts Center December 2 and 3.  Produced by the Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild, Jeni Hanko is the director and Louann Rinken and Mike Irwin are assistant directors. 

This play with dance is a unique, one of a kind dramatization of the "Tales of Hoffmann," the Dumas children’s story, and the Tchaikovsky ballet scenario.  Over 45 actors-dancers will perform on December 2 at 7:30pm and December 3 at 1 pm and 7:30 pm.

Aunt Drosselmeyer, who brings three very special dolls for their Christmas presents, visits the children, Ruth and Marie. The first part of the play is filled with typical children's antics.

But the enchantment begins when Marie sneaks downstairs to say goodnight to the dolls: Clara, the nutcracker, and the toy soldier. She falls asleep holding the nutcracker. As she enters dreamland the lights flicker, the Christmas tree grows and the beautiful dolls come to life.

From that point the other actors begin to parade across the stage in an assortment of comical and colorful characters and dancers.

All succeed in creating the illusion of the Land of Enchanted Dreams where snowflakes talk and dance, nutcrackers turn into enchanted princes and dolls are the ballerinas that little girls always imagine them to be.

Tickets in advance are $6 for seniors/students; $8 for adults.  Tickets the day of the performance are $8 seniors/students and $10 for adults.  Tickets starting November 1 will be available at the River Arts on Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac (643-5215) and at the door.